Another day, another edition of Daily Draft Digest as the Reese’s Senior Bowl is well underway, kicking off the 2021 NFL Draft pre-draft process. In today’s edition, we take a look at a former Texas running back who is heading to Southern California to end his career, their former quarterback who is catching eyes in Mobile, and the Detroit Lions who look to potentially add another first round pick to their arsenal.
Lions have suitors for Matthew Stafford
After it was announced earlier in the week that the Lions and longtime quarterback Matthew Stafford were expected to part ways, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the team will not have a shortage of offers to work with:
"“Teams already are reaching out to the Detroit Lions to initiate trade talks and figure out what it would take to acquire QB Matthew Stafford, per sources.”"
With this type of interest, and with Stafford being just 32 years old, it will not be a shock to see the Lions reel in an additional first round pick to their name by the time the sweepstakes is over with. Look for the Lions to be in the running for the likes of Trey Lance and Zach Wilson this April.
In fact, Stafford’s house is already on the market as he looks ready to say goodbye to the state of Michigan.
Keontay Ingram off to Southern California
One of the biggest names to hit the transfer portal this offseason was that of former Texas Longhorns’ running back Keontay Ingram. Just yesterday, Ingram has finally committed to the University of Southern California, making for a dynamic senior year as he gets paired with Kedon Slovis.
In just six games in 2020, Ingram rushed for 250 yards and one touchdown, seeing just 53 carries with the Longhorns. He caught an additional 11 passes out of the backfield for 103 yards and another score as well.
Sam Ehlinger looking improved at Senior Bowl
It is not a deep class of quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl this year, especially after it was announced that Florida quarterback and Heisman finalist Kyle Trask would be missing the event. While Alabama gunslinger Mac Jones is still there, it is a different quarterback who is catching the eye of scouts in Mobile.
A former teammate of Ingram, quarterback Sam Ehlinger has apparently turned some heads with his improvements on the field at the Senior Bowl. According to Matt Miller, formerly of Bleacher Report, Ehlinger has reworked his arm delivery, gathering positive reactions from scouts throughout his first practice.
As there are nearly 20 NFL teams in need of a quarterback, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and the Lions set to scoop up the big four in a blink of an eye, some general managers may get desperate. This could lead to players like Ehlinger getting bumped up the board.